The ABSOLUTE BEST experience I’ve ever had at a bar! ...despite the ridiculous hours. Vintage lambic list is incredible, perhaps only topped by Akkurat and maybe DHVL (but it’s close). Prices are probably the most reasonable in the whole country -- as of May 2013, Hommage was 45€, for example. Atmosphere is just wonderful, with mostly elderly locals comprising the clientele. We arrived early (around 9:40am; opening is 10am), and the owners’ parents greeted us shortly thereafter, inviting us in early. Both the owners and parents were extremely friendly and warm. Accessible by one bus (#128) from Gare du West -- make sure you’re in Belgium on a Sunday so you can visit this amazing place.
Visited during TdG 2017 weekend. Because of the TdG the menu was different and limited, but full with many very good lambics. Quite ordinary ambiance, the was service not too attentive and could be be better. Pricey, and only cash. Not sure why this place so overrated, especially when it’s open 3 hours a week. Maybe because of rare beers that available here, unfortunately I could not see them on TdG weekend.
My wife was kind enough to agree to a day of visiting more remote beer places. Although I only made it to two before her patience ran out, I made sure to put this first on my list.
We drove, and were able to park down the hill a bit w/o problems. Apparently there is a bus as well. The place does not look like much from the outside; old building with some tables in front and along the side. Inside was very crowded at about noon on Sunday, with a mix of locals and beer dorks. Bottle list was amazing. By far the best selection of Belgian spontaneous fermentation that I have ever seen, including a ton of older vintage bottles. Unfortunately the cell signal is nearly zero here so I was not able to look stuff up to any great extent, which means that I missed out on a couple of true whales, but oh well. Do you research before you go people! This is a cash bar only, and you likely would need to search a bit to find an ATM, so bring a full wallet! Prices are pretty reasonable from my perspective. Service was a bit slow given the crowd. Nobody was in a hurry, and only one guy knew where any of the unusual bottles were stored, so if you wanted anything outside of the norm you had to wait for him to get free. Receipts were written up on paper and hand added, which is cool, if slow.
I actually enjoyed the rustic farm house ambiance of the place; my wife basically hated everything about the visit and walked down the hill to a cafe to wait for me, but she can enter her own rating if she wants :).
The short of it: This is a world class place and is as close to mecca as is possible to achieve if you are a lover of Geuze, Lambic and the like. A+
Nice location that may require a little planning to visit, but unless you hate lambic it’s well worth the effort. Couple of draft lambics, great selection of geuze and fruit lambic in bottles, some trappists as well, very reasonable prices. What makes it truly special is not the selection of lambics but the ambiance.
No food except for some cheese, so prepare yourself with a big breakfast.
Gelegen midden in een klein dorpje niet ver van Brussel. Gezien de beperkte openingstijden moeilijk te bereiken. Het interieur doet denken aan een oud volks café en is gezellig om te zitten. De service is vriendelijk en snel. De kaart bevat een verbazingwekkende hoeveelheid zure bieren tegen een ok prijs.
Had to make a stop to this amazing lambic mecca. Nice little place with an amazing bottle list along with a nice selection of gueze on draft. The prices were very good and the service was even better. Very nice place to visit and share some amazing lambic with other guests. One very important thing to keep in mind is this place is CASH only. So bring your euros.
One of the great beer experiences I’ve had. This place is a little tricky to reach (it’s a bit outside Brussels and requires a train and bus), and of course the opening hours are comical (only a few hours on Sunday mornings/early afternoons), but the effort is worth it. This place is really a lambic-lover’s Mecca. The selection is incredible, with numerous offerings you won’t find anywhere else in the world. On top of that, the prices on the beers are very reasonable. The service is friendly. The ambiance is jovial - folks just enjoying a few beers on Sunday morning! It is a pretty small place, though, and certainly popular, so make sure you arrive early to ensure you get seats. For lambic aficionados visiting Brussels/Belgium, you should plan your trip so that you can visit this place. It is top echelon.